There's a lot of talk in the South Florida blogosphere about the Supreme Court's big decision today. There's that, your SFDB Weekend Widget in the right sidebar that was just updated, and a lot more in your Thursday evening Sift. Enjoy.
A- Shorter Gun Free Zone...
Americans getting affordable health care means that federal agents are going to surround your house for days on end and then burn it to the ground and, hey, has anyone seen my Thorazine?B- For a little more reasoned discussion of the healthcare decision, turn to Discourse and Bark Bark Woof Woof. From the latter...
I get it that the wingers and the Orcosphere thought at 9:59 a.m. this morning that they had a slam-dunk in the making and that they were all ready to not just spike the ball but give President Obama an atomic wedgie that would have made him a one-termer. And then their hopes and dreams were curb-slammed by the Chief Justice himself.C- A cool Miami Marine Stadium video at Culture Designers.
D- Or you can read Salty Eggs' take.
Speaking of neanderthal troglodytes, the four conservatives on the court — Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Anthony Kennedy — issued a dissent that argued the entire law was unconstitutional. It’s worth noting that the idea that the law is totally unconstitutional was seen as an iffy prospect at best at the outset of this fight two years ago — even by the very people who wanted the law struck down. What this says, then, is that Scalia, Thomas, Alito, and Kennedy have acted largely as political operatives in their ruling. In the beginning of the fight, even conservative legal scholars didn’t think the law could be struck down in its entirety. And yet here we are, two years later, and four of (ostensibly at least) the foremost conservative political minds in the country have embraced that very idea. The point is this: The next time a conservative argues against activist judges, you should laugh at them.E- Curbed Miami has the news that the Miami Trolley is expanding for Second Saturday Art Walks.
F- Eater Miami interviews Chef Todd Erickson of Haven after a year of being in business.
E: What has been the highlight moment of the past year that has defined Haven’s success?
The one year is a big marker, because in culinary school they teach you over and over and over again, “This is not a cakewalk, this is not a cakewalk”. “80% of restaurants fail within the first year, get prepared for it, it is what it is”, etc. And they want you to be optimistic but at the same time you need to be grounded in reality. So hitting that one year mark and realizing that people really appreciate what we’re doing as a company - that’s a huge honor.G- Miamism mentions SFDB and "love" in the same post so, well, you know...
H- Sex and the Beach updates us on the South Florida social media scene and mentions Stuck on the Palmetto, an old favorite blog of mine, so, well, you know...
An extraordinary thing has happened in Miami in these past three weeks. A group of about a dozen folks -- bloggers, community volunteers and social media professionals as well as enthusiasts, have pulled together to create a kick-ass Social Media Day for Saturday, June 30 at Zadok Gallery in Wynwood from 2-7 PM, followed by cocktails at Wood Tavern nearby.I- With the habit that some Christians have for deeming catastrophic acts of Mother Nature as some kind of payback by The Almighty, Eye on Miami points out the obvious about the Colorado fires.
J- Hold on a minute. We're not done with the Supreme Court ruling just yet because the Southern District of Florida Blog weighs in.
The Chief Justice, by joining the left and upholding the law, saved the Supreme Court from being looked at as only a political body.K- The Reid Report lists the names of the Democrats who voted with Republicans to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.